Jenny Taylor

There's religious truth - and then there's politically opportune religious 'truth'

by - 11th April 2012

It is typical of the Archbishop of Canterbury to use a moment when the media floodlight is full on him to say something awkward.

Typically brave, controversial, and timely, that is.

Contrary to the myth surrounding his incumbency, he has managed to go on communicating presciently and meaningfully into the public square, whatever the obstacles he faces (and an amateurish media department has not been the least of them).

Far from being an incoherent geek always putting his foot in it, Rowan Williams understands the times and what will resonate.

Secularization is over, all bar the shouting.

by - 23rd January 2012

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Secularization is in retreat.  One of the surprising aspects of David Cameron’s de-secularizing speech at Christ Church, Oxford to commemorate the end of the 400th anniversary year of the King James Bible was that evangelical Christians seemed unwilling to acknowledge his striking recognition of the fact.

Salman Rushdie and the Deobandi school of thought

by - 13th January 2012

The seminary that has called for Salman Rushdie to be banned from India has a long history of opposition to British colonialism.

Confounded by the weak

by - 21st December 2011

Can one sick priest still make a difference to the on-going hell that is Iraq?  Yes, if the international community wake up to what he’s driving at.